It took me 5 months to finish my Project Life January photos. What a relief!
Documenting life is very time consuming, but when I look back at the photos and the journaling, it puts a smile on my face. It’s weird to describe the feeling: kids grow, adults age, pets age, surroundings change, etc. There’s so much change all the time all around. We don’t realize how much change there is until we get the opportunity to sit down and think about it or flip through a photo book. This is so off topic but my 12-year-old can’t imagine a time when we didn’t have cell phones or computers. Yes, I grew up without a computer in my home until I was 18 years old, and then, it was only AOL chatrooms. I told daughter that when I was in middle school and high school, we had pagers. Well, I couldn’t afford a pager but my friends had pagers. It was the cool thing then. You’d carry this pager on your belt loop or something and it would either peep or vibrate which would prompt you to find a pay phone. Pay phone? LOL! Daughter has never seen one of those.
Decided to update my desktop with a digital fantasy concept I’m calling, The Carriage. I just wanted something new and quickly so it was very minimal work. To view a larger image, click here.
If you’re interested in how I went about putting this piece together, see below.
I started out with these stock images. Clockwise from top left: Painted scenery paper by Lorie Davison (purchased), free stock photos of girls’ back by Girls Everywhere 49 at Deviantart, free fairy wings by daftopia at Deviantart, and free stock photo of carriage at Pixabay.
Using Photoshop, I began the process. Normally I would create a 12×12 layout and then crop to fit but because I just wanted something quick, I made it my screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 300 dpi.
Getting ready to plant these.
A few weeks ago we got the house tested for radon. It was above 4 pCi/L twice so we had it mitigated.
Decided to get going on the Taurus drawing. This is what I use to draw: sketching pencils, an erasure, two size pencil sharpener (for the larger pencils that don’t fit in the electric sharpener), the sketchbook, music, and the electric sharpener.
My daughter finished regional competitions this year. She is very passionate about dance and it shows. Here she is captured (by a professional) doing a leap.
When we had the front lawn landscaped, we had a couple of cistena plum bushes put in. Then we bought a couple more later on and planted those ourselves. For some reason, those two died after a couple of years of pretty blossoms. I wonder what happened. They were planted in the same area as the thriving ones. Going forward, we’ll probably replace them with something else. I do really love it when they flower though.